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Harm van Riel (18 February 1907 – 13 December 1980) was a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and businessman.

Harm van Riel
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Harm van Riel in 1976
Parliamentary leader in the Senate
In office
23 December 1958 – 3 June 1976
Preceded byAnthonie Nicolaas Molenaar
Succeeded byHaya van Someren
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Member of the Senate
In office
2 July 1963 – 3 June 1976
In office
6 November 1956 – 5 June 1963
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Personal details
Born
Harm van Riel

(1907-02-18)18 February 1907
Hoofddorp, Netherlands
Died13 December 1980(1980-12-13) (aged 73)
The Hague, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1948)
Other political
affiliations
Freedom Party (1946–1948)
Alma materLeiden University
(Bachelor of Letters, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Jurist · Businessman · Banker · Author

He served as a Member of the Senate from 6 November 1956 until 5 June 1963, and from 2 July 1963 until 3 June 1976. He was the Parliamentary leader of People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the Senate from 24 March 1959 until 3 June 1976. A colourful politician, he was a mentor to former Party Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy Hans Wiegel during his leadership.[1]

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 29 April 1965

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (in Dutch) Harm van Riel Hoofddorp 18 februari 1907 - 's-Gravenhage 13 december 1980, Stichting Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren, 20 August 1983

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Official

Party political offices
Preceded by
Pieter Oud
Vice Chairmain of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy

1949–1963
Succeeded by
Johan Witteveen
Preceded by
Anthonie Nicolaas Molenaar
Parliamentary leader of the
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
in the Senate

1958–1976
Succeeded by
Haya van Someren